Check in at LPL newsletter

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Welcome to 2019, and the Check In @ LPL monthly online newsletter! We offer resources, recommendations, and opportunities to be part of our thriving community. Comments, questions? Let us know - drop us a note.

The Library is closed January 1 for New Year's, and January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Remember, no books are due when we are closed, nor on the day following our closures. We got you covered!

Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library Holiday Sale

Thank you dear Friends, for all the hard work and creativity that went into the Holiday Sale. $4,235 was raised, all of which goes directly to Library programs, especially the Summer Reading program.

Friends of the Library

Fundraising Friends 

Are you looking for a way to actively support your library? Our Friends group exists to support library initiatives like our hugely popular Summer Reading program. 

The Friends are looking to add to their ranks, to bring together a small team of volunteers who focus exclusively on fundraising projects. If you have previous fundraising or grant writing experience, and want to help build and sustain a vital and exciting part of your community, let us know. Please contact Library Director Melissa Hisel for more information.

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Tax Aide to the Rescue

Every year volunteers from the AARP assist people in preparing and filing their taxes. The service is free, but appointments must be made in advance by signing up online or calling the Library at 303-665-5200. Sign ups begin January 2. Make your appointments early; spaces fill quickly!

Tax help begins February 6 through April 10, Wednesdays from 10:30 am - 4:30 pm. 
*New this year-participants must fill out Form 13614-C, Intake/Interview & Quality Review Sheet, available at the Library.

Book recommendations

Choosing what to read is like being hungry, but you're on this buffet line and EVERYTHING looks yummy! Good problem, right? Except you have a limited capacity, and way too many choices. Well not to worry, our blog goodies will stay fresh until you are ready to take a taste. And don't forget, all of these ideas are available in our catalog.

Lafayette Reads Book discussion

Lafayette READS! is a quarterly Lafayette community reading and discussion group. We select books that are not only great reads, but that are relevant to today’s issues. Informal discussions focus on the book itself, as well as on ways in which the story sheds light on the contemporary world. Read and relate to your community!

The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe 
Book discussion March 18, 6 pm
Give yourself lots of reading time to get ready for our next quarterly LafayetteReads! community book group. Sign up and reserve your place on the holds line.

Here’s the description from our catalog:
“From the award-winning, "meticulously observant" author of Soldier Girls and Just Like Us comes a powerful and moving account of how refugee teenagers at a public high school learn English and become Americans, in the care of a compassionate teacher. The Newcomers follows the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers throughout the course of the 2015-2016 school year as they land at South High School in Denver, Colorado.”

"A delicate and heartbreaking mystery story...Thorpe's book is a reminder that in an era of nativism, some Americans are still breaking down walls and nurturing newcomers, the seeds of the great American experiment." -- The New York Times Book Review 

Library Resources


Take a peek at the new resources we added in 2018, and see what's up in 2019. We continue to expand our database collection in order to offer easily accessible, comprehensive information on a wide range of subjects. Try out these research tools this month:


We offer an assortment of tools that simplify your Library life. Try out a few, and enjoy the advantages of easy access.
  • RB Digital eMagazines - Stream or download magazines for free.
  • Museum passes - Free admission to area cultural institutions-restrictions apply.
  • Text messaging with the Library - Manage renewals and holds by text message.
  • iPads - Enjoy the use of an iPad in the Library, for up to 2 hours.
  • Libby helps you find and reserve library materials, from anywhere!
  • Lucky Day - On display in the lobby - avoid long hold waits on popular titles.
To Do at the Library
Computer Coaching

Our City Partners

Zumbini class

Wandering Through Words art exhibit
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